Ideally we would like to do some rough pruning in the winter and save some of the finish pruning until now to make sure we save enough buds in case we have some hard freezes. But given the extremely cold winter that we experienced we decided that delayed pruning was the best strategy this year.
Much to my surprise our vines came through the winter relatively unscathed. While only time will tell if our vines have been weakened (and therefore are at risk this year) it appears from pruning that there is plenty of viable healthy buds on each vine.
We still have quite a few vines that are not yet able to produce fruit. For those vines we basically didn’t prune those but left them just grow for another year. Hopefully this year they catch up and we can get some canes out onto the fruiting wire and have more production available for 2015.